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Panel Discussion around a book theme – “The State of Public Interest Litigation”

July 27, 2017

Panel Discussion around a book theme – “The State of Public Interest Litigation”

Sridhar Pabbisetty, Anuj Bhuwania and Jayna Kothari

Chair & Moderator
T M Veera Raghav

organised by
BIC Bangalore International Centre
(A TERI Initiative)

About the Book around which the discussion is centred

Courting the People: Public Interest Litigation in Post-Emergency India, is a book authored by Mr. Anuj Bhuwania. The Indian higher judiciary has acquired an increasingly important role in India’s public discourse. The Supreme Court and the state High Courts have emerged as enormously powerful judicial institutions over the last four decades. The principal means thiough which these judicial powers have been mobilized and enacted is the junsdiction of Public Interest Litigation (PIL). This book studies the political role that PIL has come to play in contemporary India It revisits the circumstances and manoeuvers that led to the use of PIL and traces its political journey since then, arguing that the enormous powers that PIL confers upon the appellate judiciary stems from its populist character.

Based on empirical research, this book shows how PIL grants the appellate courts enormous flexibility in procedure, allowing them to take positions of overweening authority. It focuses on the most intensive laboratory of PIL in recent times, the city of Delhi. and the role played by PIL. While PIL cases are usually politically analysed solely in terms of their effects whether beneficial or disastrous, this book locates the political challenges that PIL poses in its very process. arguing that its fundamentally protean nature sterns from its mimicry of ideas of popular justice.

Mr. Anuj Bhuwania
Anuj Bhuwania teaches at South Asian University, New Delhi. He studied law in National Law School of India University, Bangalore and School of Oriental and Afiican Studies, London before doing his PhD in Anthropology at Columbia University in New York. He has earlier taught at Jincial Global Law School as well as held visiting positions at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Goettingen, the Centre for the Study of Developing Society (CSDS), New Delhi and the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance (CSLG) in Jawaharlal Nehru University. Courting the People: Public Interest Litigation in Post-Emergency India, published in December 2016 by Cambridge University Press, is his first book.

Ms. Jayna Kothari
Jayna Kothari is the Executive Director of the Centre for Law and Policy Research, Bangalore. She practices as a Counsel in the Karnataka High Court and the Supreme Court of India She graduated from University Law College with a B.A. LLB degree and read the BCL at Oxford University. She was also a Visiting Fellow under the Wrangler D.C. Pavate Fellowship in Cambridge University. Jayna heads the Constitutional Litigation Unit at CLPR and has a large public interest law practice. Her book, “The Future of Disability Law in India” was published in 2012 by Oxford University Press and is one of the first books on disability law in the county.

Mr. Sridhar Pabbisettv
Sridhar Pabbisetty, a public policy and Urban Governance specialist, is the Chief Executive Officer of Namma Bengaluru Foundation (NBF). In recent years. NBF has been at the forefront of initiating citizen centric PIL. Sridhar was earlier at Bangalore Political Action Committee (BPAC), IIM Bangalore and in private sector firms. He is an Expert committee member on the Lakes issue in Bengaluru including Bellandur. Sridhar has an MBA from Indian Institute of Manag,ement. Bangalore and a BE in Computer Science from Bangalore University.

Mr. T M Veera Raghav
T M Veeraraghav is Resident Editor, The Hindu in Bangalore. He was Senior Editor and Prime time anchor with CNN IBN. He has been a TV journalist since 1999.

Panel Discussion on Friday | 28th July 2017 | 6.30 PM

Bangalore International Centre,
TERI Complex,
4th Main, 2nd Stage,
Domlur II Stage,
Bangalore – 560 071.

Phone: 98865 99675

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